Crafts & DIY
Tutorial shows simplest way to transfer photos to glass using packing tape
How cute is this? I love that it can be done with magazine photos too.
Jaclyn Abergas
06.29.22

Nowadays, almost everything can be DIY-ed.

The number one reason people begin a DIY lifestyle is to save money. But it becomes so much more eventually. With this lifestyle, you get to unleash your creativity.

You can definitely use an existing piece as your basic foundation but then you get to add things that will make uniquely creative to you.

It embodies your personality and character.

DIY also helps build your confidence because you’ve accomplished something new or something different.

And it’ll give you the confidence to finally do the thing that you’ve been delaying.

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Pexels - Monstera

A great way to fight boredom

And this is one more DIY project that’s creative, unique, and will keep you occupied. In fact, it’s so creative that you might end up DIY-ing a lot of this project.

Let’s create unique glass jars or bottles with your photo!

Pexels - Tima Miroshnichenko
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Pexels - Tima Miroshnichenko

You might be thinking, ‘Huh? How do you do that?’

It’s quite easy.

All you need is the photo printed from a laser printer, a glass jar or bottle or glass surface, clear packing tape, a burnishing tool (an old credit card or gift card, the hard type), and a bowl (big enough to hold the photo) with warm water.

YouTube - BFranklinCrafts
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YouTube - BFranklinCrafts

Shall we get started?

Get your clear packing tape and cut off three strips and lay them down on top of each other. Make sure the edges overlap each other.

Apply the tape on top of the photo and cut off any excess tape, leaving about 0.5 mm on each side.

Use the burnishing tool to make sure the photo sticks well on the tape. Press heavily on the photo.

Submerge the taped photo in warm water for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once time is up, remove the photo from the water and rub off the paper on the backside.

Dip it in the water to wet the paper if it becomes difficult to remove.

YouTube - BFranklinCrafts
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YouTube - BFranklinCrafts

See the image transferred on the tape?

Once all the paper is gone, leave it to dry. Once it’s completely dry, it’ll become sticky once again.

Get your glass jar, bottle, or surface and apply the photo. Use the burnishing tool to smoothen the application and make sure every part of it sticks on the glass.

YouTube - BFranklinCrafts
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YouTube - BFranklinCrafts

Now you have your very own custom glass jar.

You can also use black and white images for the photo, just make sure it’s printed on a regular printer paper using a laser printer.

And if you have text on your image, there’s no need to reverse print it. The text will show as is on the tape photo.

YouTube - BFranklinCrafts
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YouTube - BFranklinCrafts

Oh and make sure your glass surface is clean. Remove any sticker residue, dirt, or marks on the glass so it doesn’t appear on the image.

Once you get the hang of this, you might end up creating tape photo transfer on the glass surfaces you can find in your house.

YouTube - BFranklinCrafts
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YouTube - BFranklinCrafts

Have fun DIYing this project! Are you a visual learner and prefer to learn through demonstrations or want to see the final product?

Watch the video tutorial below.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

By Jaclyn Abergas
hi@sbly.com
Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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